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Scattered showers and storms again Thursday with heating. Cold front will arrive early Friday with showers and a few storms. Much cooler and drier this weekend with lows in the 50's and highs in the upper 70's.

 

 


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Lawmakers celebrate Mandela's life on birthday

By DONNA CASSATA
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on the anti-apartheid leader's 95th birthday.

Republican and Democratic leaders joined in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall Thursday with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, representatives of the Free South Africa Movement and other guests. Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since early June.

Republican Speaker John Boehner calls Mandela a "remarkable statesman." Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid describes him as the George Washington of South Africa.

Lawmakers took turns reading excerpts of Mandela's writings at moments in his life -- as prisoner, freedom fighter, Nobel Peace prize winner and South Africa president.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi recalls the emotions when Mandela addressed Congress, once in 1990 and four years later.

 

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